Babushka dolls as they are called sometimes are just Russian nesting dolls. The name Babushka in Russian means "grandma" and this is hard to guess why people started to call nesting dolls babushka dolls. These nesting dolls often are painted in flowers themes and they are most popular. Flower type Russian babushka dolls usually are painted in Sergiev Posad town - this is an old center of Russian wooden crafts, the first nesting doll doll was painted in Sergiev Posad. Artists use bright tempera paints to paint nestling dolls but often they use special burning technique - instead of a paint the artist uses a hot needle to make drawing.